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we're down to the national mall. there's a hundred or so folks waiting out in the cold. where are you from? >> new jersey.
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>> have you been to an inauguration before? >> no. >> you brought your son? >> yes. >> do you think you'll get a good spot tomorrow? >> i do. >> what does it mean tr you to be here? >> it live tomorrow. we'll be on all day long. hope you join us for that. that's it for us, good night. an historic second term begins. >> i, barack hussein obama, do solemnly swear. >> so help you god? >> so help me god. >> now, the stage is set for a day long party in the nation's capitol. we'll take you behind the scenes of the last minute preparation. for the president's speech. the parade, the balls and the tone being set for the battles ahead.
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>> i say to you, the challenges we face are real. but know this america, they will be met. >> this is cnn's coverage of the presidential inauguration. from the first salute to the last dance. a very vided nation comes together for a celebration of democracy. >> and we remain more than a collection of red states and blue states. we are and forever will be the united states of america. ♪ we're live on the national mall, good evening, everyone, i'm anderson cooper. the lead band leading off the parade is going to be from grambling state university louisiana. they lead off our coverage, take it away, guys. [ cheers and applause ] ♪
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♪ ♪ we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer here on the national mall in washington, d.c.. we're going to be hearing from the grambling state university marching band all hour. this is a very special hour. and it's been an historic day already here in the nation's capitol.
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president barack obama officially beginning his second term after a private swearing-in just hours from now a crowd of some 800,000 people maybe more, they will gather right here for the public ceremony own the excitement is only just beginning. big parties are already getting underway, all across the nation's capitol tonight. let's bring in brook baldwin joining us from the red, white and blue ball. brooke, where are you, first of all, you look lovely. >> reporter: wolf blitzer, i am inside the warner theater, it's absolutely gorgeous, you just missed the opening band, it's this local banned. they're here to tee up the reason we're all here. i, myself are honored to be here, we're recognizing the sacrifice of our men and women in uniform. we're about to hear from lynyrd skynyrd they're the headlining band, thrilled to be here, this is a bipartisan party. some democrats and republicans in the band, i just talked to them backstage, they talked to me about why they wanted to perform tonight.
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take a listen. we don't have sound. this embraces the patriotism. they say they were supposed to initially play at the republican national convention, one of the lead singers endorsed mitt romney and told me, this is all about getting behind the president now. talking to one of the wounded warriors tonight, he said, this is actually, wolf, therapeutic for them to be here. many of them are suffering ptsd, many of them have a special night out from walter reed, this is their moment to be honored. members of congress on both sides of the aisle, coming together tonight for this, lynn ard skynyrd, we're about to hear from the daughter of john boone, she'll be singing. we'll make sure we stay here live. it's a tremendous opportunity to think what can be a thankless job fighting for our freedoms and so we'll be hearing from them a little later tonight in addition to lynyrd skynyrd.
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right here at the warner theater. >> we're going to be able to hear a little bit of that live performance tonight, is that right, brooke? >> yes, they will be -- they will actually -- after the tuskegee airmen, let me mention that, several members of what you know -- an historic group of african-american men, very first aviators in world war ii, they will be here tonight. i've seen rolling thunder here tonight, a number of other veterans, very highly decorated veterans around here, the end of the whole thing, i know you're excited about katy perry last night, wolf, i'll raise your katy perry and give you lynyrd skynyrd. >> you look fabulous, love the dress. we'll show our viewers the whole outfit later tonight. don't go away. i want our voters to see how gorgeous you look tonight. >> thank you. susan malvo is standing by at the event hosted by eva longoria.
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tell us what's going on over there. >> reporter: wolf, it really is exciting at the kennedy center, have you two different things going on simultaneously. smokey robinson just wrapped up an amazing concert, hundreds of people gathering here, it was called let freedom ring concert in honor of dr. martin luther king. on the other side of the kennedy center, you have a who's who in latino communities, celebrating the fact that there was such a sense of empowerment in the community because of the campaign, because of the election and the re-election of president barack obama. had a chance to talk to a lot of people who showed up. some on the red carpet, others who were here for the concert, beau biden, i think he said there are 50 of them who have been running around over the weekend, getting together for these inaugural events, it's all a big celebration tonight. we talked a little bit about the things that happened, including a little controversial remark,
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his father made really off camera when he accidentally said he was the president. listen. beau good to see you again. what do you make of the last 24 hours and looking forward, there must be a lot of excitement? >> a lot of excitement, our whole family's together, which is nice, there's about 50 bidens running around this town. 13 immediate family, a bunch of kids, it was wonderful to see my dad sworn in this morning again and to be barack obama's vice president, it's a job he loves, i think he's pretty darn good at it, and he and the president are at work as we speak. >> and what do you make of the fact that your father made the slip and said, well, president as well as vice president? >> well, i was with him. i've been out there a lot when the president's done -- it's an easy word to forget sometimes, he was there to talk about the president. last night, and talk about what a great choice that iowa made in 2008 when they chose barack
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obama in the caucuses, which we were out there working hard as well for. and he was there to talk about in with a wash was a if a nall choice iowa made in 200 will and how important it was to set president obama on his course. and this past cycle in 2012 in the general election. rarely does it get to play a central role in the general election, it did this time around too, and that's what he's there to talk about. >> what does it mean for you and your dad to be a part of this event today, celebrating the latino empowerment and what they did for the second campaign? >> it's a big thank you. both in delaware, where i'm from, and all over this country. it's incredibly important community. one that i'm close with in my state. and central to the fabric of our state. my dad's here to thank the community. and in some small way for being there and having the president's back. >> thank you, beau. good to see you. >> good to see you. >> wolf, they're actually
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inside, they're participating in the celebration. it really is going to be upbeat, you're going to have performances, actresses, singing and those kind of things. i had a chance to talk to a number of people on the red carpet. they were very serious about what they were saying in terms of the message about where the latino community is going, politically, and what this means for them. i had a chance to talk to eva longoria, rita moreno, many others as well. i want you to listen to why this is so important. >> tell me what this evening means to you, the inauguration and really the empowerment of the latino community. >> what is special about tonight is that i think for the first time the hispanic community is really being honored as perhaps it should have been many years ago, but that's okay, we have patience just ask the president.
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i think the hispanic community deserves it, and i think what is especially marvelous tonight is that we're not the only ones doing a fabulous show. >> you look beautiful. >> thank you. >> we've seen you on the campaign trail, you've been very active in politics, what does this evening mean for you, and why have you gotten involved? >> i've always been involved. this is the first time i was a co chair, the responsibilities were kind of heightened and, you know -- were a lot this time around, but i welcomed it, and i was very honored to be a part of this whole process. the best part was going across the country and talking to people about what they cared about, what they wanted. not just latinos but women and youth and minorities, all walks of life. it was a lot of fun doing it. tonight's pretty special, it's a big thank you to this vote that turned out. it was an historic mobilization of the hispanic vote, tonight is recognizing this community and saying, you know, you have a -- you're part of the thread that makes up america. >> to be here at the
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inauguration is a true honor for me. my parents were immigrants, i'm dominican/american. it's a dream to be here, just like that song, that song was spanglish. that's who i am. we're here basically to represent latinos and americans, and that no matter where you're from, no matter what language, and what race, you know, we should stick together and fight for our country. >> can you give me a few bars? ♪ when the night has come and the land is dark ♪ >> beautiful. >> thank you. have a good night. >> he's very talented. he's going to be one of the people wrapping up the program here, there are 2100 people in the opera house, but there are thousands of people who are watching this via facebook or univision, live streaming here, following all of this, very
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exciting evening tonight. really a celebration, and, of course, looking forward to the big day, tomorrow, inauguration day. wolf, anderson? >> suzanne, thanks very much. she looks fabulous today too. brooke baldwin looks fabulous. >> i'm surprised you're not with the bands, wolf, you love your music. katy perry. >> lynyrd skynyrd is coming up. >> i know. very excited. we want to bring in our panel of folks who are joining us cornell belcher, of course, is with us, also washington post columnist, sally quinn, margaret hoover, van jones as well. we saw the swearing-in earlier today. the official swearing-in, which has to take place on sunday. it was very quick, but really an event steeped in history, and tradition, not a lot of pageantry, but a very important moment. >> history because it's the third time he's taken the oath of office. and he's going to do it another time tomorrow. i think he'll be the only president who's taken it four times.
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>> fdr. >> that's right. he was four different -- >> he was elected four times. >> it was a remarkable moment to witness, i mean, they got it right this time, there weren't any messups. >> i think his daughter said, dad, it's a good thing you didn't screw up. >> yeah. >> but he wasn't the one who screwed up, it was the chief justice last time. >> it was a very powerful moment. i mean, for a couple reasons. >> personally, you see his confidence. you see he's really grown into the role, he's occupying the role, you saw the pride in his daughter's eyes, but this is -- we went from skill race in 2008 to confirmation, and i think for a lot of people they weren't sure if it was an accident in history. this country is great enough, we can get beyond the racial segregation of the very recent past and do this not once but twice. >> cornell, you were a pollster for him this time, do you think he's a different man than he was four years ago? >> i think the gray hair shows he's a little different.
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the last time i saw him, i told him, you're as gray as i am. >> nothing wrong with gray hair. >> you can see it, i think he came in -- we came in with a lot of hope and thinking he could actually change washington. i think now he sees that, you know, the people need to be a part of this process to change washington. he alone -- the white house alone, as powerful as the president is, he can't change washington, i think you're going to see this white house go back more and more to the people and leaning on ofa, want them to bring pressure on washington to fix that very dysfunctional body behind us. >> does that mean a constant campaign mode? >> i think you're going to have to see a constant organizing mode. i would argue that the extremism we see in congress right now, that's breaking congress, have you speaker boehner who can't control his own caucus. i think when you see that sort of extremism in congress and nothing moving forward, you're in a unique time and it calls for unique measures.
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>> say something. >> margaret, do you see republicans -- how do you see republicans playing -- >> here's what's fascinating, there was a precedent called the hasser rule, which boehner has shunned two times now, this was the precedent you had to get the majority of your coalition to go along with the bill, otherwise you were eroding away your power base. twice now with sandy and with the fiscal cliff deal has depended on a majority of democrats and a reasonable edge of the opposition. reasonable amount of republicans to go along with it, can this sustain itself? that is barack obama's best hope of a legacy piece in his second term. everybody stand by, we have important news coming up. >> let me guess, band related. >> not only the grambling marching band, we have rock 'n' roll. we also got alina cho doing
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investigative journalism right now, who's going to be the designer of the first lady's gown. stand by. ♪ ♪ ♪
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♪ i'm brooke baldwin live in washington, d.c.. the public swearing-in the west side of the capitol building tomorrow. we have to talk about his wife, the first lady, in what could possibly be the best kept secret in washington what's she going to wear tomorrow night. it's very secretive, very
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hush-hush who would know the scoop tonight, alina cho. she has the inside look at the competition to design for the first lady. >> first lady michelle obama. >> reporter: when michelle obama walked out on stage in that memorable white gown, overnight, the designer became a household name. >> take me to that moment where she walked out. >> i was extreming at the top of my lungs, i was like, that's me. >> it's brilliant in what she's done keeping it secret. there was always interest in what the first lady wore, there was never this kind of red carpet moment. >> what started out as a designer field for the inaugural gown has whittled down to two designers who have a shot at worldwide fame who are they?
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likely a new york based designer and quite possibly one who is emerging. around thanksgiving, designers submit sketches, garments are made and there are fittings and more fittings. the garments are shuttled back and forth between washington and d.c. because they don't have direct access to the first lady, they have mannequins that are made in her likeness. >> if you dressed every celebrity at the golden globes, it's that much exposure. >> a single appearance by the first lady in a designer's clothes is worth $14 million. tally up all of her public appearances for the year, and that's nearly a $3 billion boost to the fashion industry. take jason woo. he's designed everything from a target collection to candles to furniture about but that's business.
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what will the gown look like? if the past is any guide, mrs. obama with those famous arms tends to favor strapless and one shoulder gowns, fitted at the waist and lots of color. sources say strapless is at least one option she's considering. designers are mindful this piece of clothing is not just an outfit, but a piece of history too. >> you have to describe in this garment what she's feeling. >> i felt like betsy ross. >> she dressed the first lady at the swearing in ceremony on inauguration morning. >> i didn't want to dress her for that evening of the ball. i wanted to do the inauguration? >> why. >> because that's the moment that the whole world is apart of. and the whole world was watching. >> which is why this time -- >> some people wanted to know. i thought, there's nothing more important than seeing someone else have this gift and what they do with it. >> reporter: let me bring in our
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cnn resident fashionista, alina cho. we also have josie standing next to me, a stylist and creative director for elle magazine. you always have the inside scoop, can we talk about what she was wearing? this beautiful -- the blue, the cardigan for this private swearing-in. what do you know? >> well, you're absolutely right, it was a marine cashmere cropped cardigan and a matching marine blue dress there. you see her, made by american designer, what's extraordinary about this choice, brooke, is that she's not only in this one outfit supporting the designer of his namesake label, the person, but he's also the president of the iconic american brand coach which does $5 billion in sales and employs 16,000 people worldwide. it really was a brilliant choice from a fashion standpoint.
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i spoke to him an hour or two ago, he told me for me, this is one of the most important moments of my career, he said, michelle obama to me epitomizes a modern powerful and independent woman when i asked him whether he was nervous, he said being nervous, well, that's just part of being inspired as well. >> you know, that's what i want to talk about. with josie, it's the nerves i can't imagine, back to what she might wear to this inaugural gown tonight. the designers have no idea if she chose their gown until she wears it and they see her on television. >> no, i mean, unlike an actress. she's designers aren't informed by the white house if mrs. obama will wear their gown or not. jason woo had no idea until she stepped out, and he saw it on tv and he said he was screaming at home when he saw her in his dress. >> alina, back over to you, we're talking about that beautiful white one shoulder
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gown, you mentioned her stunning arms. are we thinking a color tomorrow night? do we have any idea what color? strapless? >> i can tell you i have believe seen one of the final gowns in contention for tomorrow night. we shall see if she choses it. having said that, i did speak to one of the designers in the running for this inaugural gown, and this person said something really interesting to me tonight. he said, what i'm feeling is a mixture of excitement and a fear of disappointing the people i love. and so it is an incredibly nerve-racking time for these designers. >> no pressure. >> exactly. >> as josie pointed out, they really find out when the world does. we saw that with jason woo and we will see it again tomorrow night, brooke. >> okay. alina cho, we will all be watching as we talk about the best kept secret in washington,
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i love it, the fashion of the first lady, thank you. and again, we are live at the warner theater, big night here, many balls in washington this is the place to be. we are honoring our men and women in uniform, and you know who the big headliner is here tonight, lynyrd skynyrd, i just talked to them backstage. you'll hear from them next live on cnn. ♪ stress sweat. it can happen any time, to anyone! stress sweat is different than ordinary sweat. it smells worse. get 4x the protection against stress sweat. introducing new secret clinical strength stress response scent. get 4x the protection against stress sweat. so if ydead battery,t tire, need a tow or lock your keys in the car, geico's emergency roadside assistance is there 24/7. oh dear, i got a flat tire. hmmm. uh... yeah, can you find a take where it's a bit more dramatic on that last line, yeah? yeah i got it right here. someone help me!!! i have a flat tire!!!
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♪ we're getting ready for tomorrow's inauguration. the second inauguration for the president of the united states. the marching band are doing a great job. i love this kind of music, but you know what other kind of music i love? >> you love all kinds of music. >> i do, how do you like smokey robinson. >> i do. i heard him perform, he's fantastic. >> he's performing tonight at the kennedy center at one of the balls, the inaugural balls. guess what we have right now? >> video. >> and sound. smokey robinson my girl, let's listen. ♪ i got sunshine on a cloudy day ♪ ♪ when it's cold outside i got the month of may ♪
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♪ i guess you'd say what can make me feel this way my girl ♪ ♪ talkin' about my girl ♪ ♪ i guess you'd say what can make me feel this way my girl ♪ >> i love that song. i think the temptations made that song pretty popular. you remember them? >> of course, sure. >> you see the ladies?
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>> i've heard -- >> they're moving. they're moving -- absolutely, i could listen to these guys all night. but we have to listen to other people too. >> there are a lot of balls happening in d.c. tonight, tomorrow as well. traffic, it's very difficult to get around. but there's -- >> as you and i can contest. >> there's a real electricity in this city. a lot of excitement about tomorrow, and a lot of excitement about the president's second term. i'm here with the panel, cornell belcher, margaret hoover, van jones. second terms, not a lot of presidents get second terms, they often do not turn out like the president anticipates. i mean, you have bill clinton who got impeached in his second term. richard nixon, we know what happened to him in his second term. iran contra, it often does not work out. >> and let's not forget, lyndon johnson and the vietnam war. one of the things we know absolutely for sure, is that something is going to go wrong in the second term. it always does. always.
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sometimes you can foresee it as it's coming, could be a natural disaster, a terrorist attack, it could be -- who knows what, i think that we're pretty safe in deciding that there's not going to be a sex scandal in the obama family. >> george bush it was the financial crisis. >> exactly. >> but i -- >> katrina. >> and iraq. >> the idea is how they handle it, how they handle it. >> i'm going to go out on a limb. i think the worst may be behind him. he's actually got more momentum going in than most presidents do, his numbers are actually going up. the k34e's getting a little bit better, the wars are winding down, he does have a shot. i think the most important thing i would say is, i think he's found his game. >> you look at his popularity as compared to other presidents, it's relatively low. >> it is. one of the lowest in the past 20, 30 years, the numbers are moving in the right direction.
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i think he's found his rhythm, a way to actually play the game in this town. i think he may have a better second term at that point first. >> i would say, be careful, my friend. >> is the country more divided than it has been for other second term presidents? >> the temptation is to say yes, although we are listening to several civil rights activists today saying it's not as polarized as when we were watching the march on washington. i think everybody has been saying to the president, in terms of legislatively strike while the iron is hot. and all presidents re-elected to a second term, it's right now, the first year of their second term. remember, the six-year itch, when you get to the third cycle of the congressional elections, 2014, generally the minority, the house of republicans are expected to gain seats because there's this six-year itch. the time to pass legs.
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is in the next two years and really this year. >> i will jump in and say there's so many x factors out there right now, the arab spring, i think we think is a good thing right now, we don't know. we don't know what's going to han in all these places across the middle east. we hope democracy takes footing but we don't know. >> and in a year or two we were talking about al qaeda being decimated and now we're seeing nigeria and mali. >> right, i think his attention is going to be torn back to the middle east. it just will. my prediction is that we'll have our domestic fights, but i think on the danger front, i think sort of what the arab spring evolves into we don't know. >> let me tell our viewers what we're waiting for, everyone's -- we have the grambling university marching band. lynyrd skynyrd, he's going to be performing. you like him? >> i don't know that i'm quite as enthusiastic about music as you are. >> very enthusiastic.
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>> for those who don't know, wolf once had a band called the monkees before the monkees. >> let's listen to the grambling university banned -- we're waiting for the president and the vice president, they're going to be speaking at the candlelight celebration. let's go to a break. ♪ ♪ ♪
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♪ oh yes ♪ you can't drink and fight ♪ have a drink of champagne ♪ how about you? ♪ what's your name little girl ♪ what's your name ♪ shooting straight little girl for there ain't no shame ♪ ♪ what's your name little girl ♪ what's your name "what's your name" by lynyrd skynyrd at the red, white and blue gala. gala or gala? >> either when, depends where you're from. >> what part of the country you're from. brooke baldwin is over there, and we're going to be showing our viewers what outfit she's wearing.
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>> i'm going to make a crazy prediction. wolf blitzer is going to be wearing a black suit. a lot of people are wondering, what's he going to wear? i'm telling you now, it's going to be black. we're going to show you brooke baldwin's outfit tonight. it's going to be amazing, wait until you see it. >> all right. let's bring in our panel. what do you anticipate hearing from the president tomorrow? and does it really matter what he says in his speech? in the media we often focus on what does he say? there have been a few memorable inaugural addresses, does it really mat summer. >> i think it matters enormously. >> really? >> i think particularly, this we -- we've been disappointed in the last few big speeches he's given. you know, it didn't compare to the speeches he gave when he was running for office the first time and even his inaugural speech and the philadelphia speech on race and -- he's just
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given some beautiful speeches, but we haven't had that moment where he just sort of lifts us off our feet. so i want to hear that, i want to hear -- i wab the to hear that we're the greatest country on earth, and we can do, but in better language. >> i hear that from a lot of people who like obama and don't like president obama that, i mean, on the campaign trail, he's one way, and then in office his speeches -- i mean, it's a different tone. is that conscious by the president? >> i think it's -- you have to govern differently, and to a certain extent you're stuck in a trap. look, hope and change came in in '0 # and there was so much hope and expectations were high. we have a lot of tough challenges, you're talking about a president, we always want to have this big come together, we're going to do big things and huge things, we have a congress
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that can't pass a budget, you know? so i mean -- >> a senate that can't pass a budget. >> you and i are not going to get into this this evening. we have a congress that can't pass a budget and is holding our economy hostage right now, he has to be careful about promising too much. >> you think about ronald reagan, and there were some of his speeches we remember to this day, and yet if you think back on the last four years, other than the ones on the campaign trail, i think about newtown, that was where he got emotional, it was a -- it's a different kind of rhetoric and otheration. is it the mantle of president that he feels is different? >> there's nothing tougher to do as a speech giver than what he's about to do. the problem you have when you're dealing with the inaugural address, you have to deal with the present, the past and the future. you have to deal with the audience in front of you. you're going to have a million people in front of you. you're also dealing with people around the world. it's hard to do any of those well, you have to do them at the same time.
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i think he's going to want to do well tomorrow. i think he knows there are people out there that are going to say, this is the last big speech from obama. unless there's a war or something like that, there's pressure on him to do well. i think if i were advising him in this position, he has to sound the tone that he wants unity, that he wants the country to go forward and remind people of the values we hold in common, and he's got to show a certain amount of strength and determination that we're going to get there. in other words, i'll work with you, i'll work against you. the country's more important than the dwifgss here. >> you don't think that his state of the union address in two weeks before a joint session of congress is going to be as important if not more important? >> that's not the over arching themattic visionary -- >> but it's policy.
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>> it's in the weeds and it's what we're going to get done now. >> whoever remembers state of the union addresses. >> oh, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country. >> we don't want a state of the union speech tomorrow, and certainly the world doesn't. >> here's what we remember from the state of the union address, you lie. >> you lie. >> the speech that propelled barack obama on to the national stage in 2004, the nugget, we are not made of red states or blue states, we are the united states of america. something along those lines if he can strike that tone tomorrow, that would reach out to republicans. >> that is the hardest. >> can he not strike that tone because the country wants it? >> i know you healed that standard high. that is three syllables that summed up the united states. i don't know if there are six syllables left like that in america. but if they're there -- >> i think what you're going to hear tomorrow is not going to be that different from the campaign trail. expand the middle class, strengthen the middle class. >> he's going to be speaking in the next few minutes. we're going to take a quick
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break, hear from the president over at the candlelight celebration. as question go to break, more from the gramling university marching band. ♪
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the grambling university marching band. the vice president of the united states is about to speak with dr. jill biden. let's listen in to hear what they're saying at the candlelight celebration, the national museum. >> that means so much to me and joe. joe and i are thrilled and i know you feel the same way to have barack obama as our president for another four years and michelle as first lady. and i may be a little biassed, but i couldn't think of a better man than my husband to help our president lead our country for the next four years.
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as long as he has the privilege of serving this nation, i know that joe will keep fighting for american people every day ladies and gentlemen, please welcome me in joining my husband, our vice president joe biden. >> hello, i'm jill biden's husband, and i'm delighted to be with all of you here. let me begin with the simplest of statements. thank you. thank you. thank you. thank you, thank you. you are the only reason we are here. thank you for your support, thank you for being here and most of all thanking for believing in us. ladies and gentlemen, i've been honored to serve as vice president. but i've been especially honored
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to serve as barack obama's vice president. this man's already done an absolutely remarkable job. historic health care reform. two supreme court appointees, justice sotomayor and elaine kagan. ending the war in iraq and about to end the war in afghanistan! [ applause ] and stating forthrightly his support for marriage equality. [ applause ] i want you to know something else about this guy, barack obama. he's just getting started. he's just getting started. in the weeks and months ahead, we are going to reduce gun violence here in america. we're going to pass comprehensive immigration reform. and we're going to put this nation's economy on a sustainable path to the future.
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ladies and gentlemen, it's my great honor to introduce you to a magnificent, a truly magnificent first lady, michelle obama and the guy she hangs out with, my friend, president barack obama! [ applause ] hey! hey. i thought you weren't coming out. >> we were -- >> i thought you weren't coming. i thought you changed your mind. >> hi, everybody. excuse our tardiness. but you know what? when stevie wonder has a few words to say to you, you don't rush stevie wonder.
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so pardon our delay. but thank you, thanks so much, jill. thank you for that kind introduction. but more importantly, thank you for your leadership and service. [ applause ] i love jill biden! i love jill a little bit more. but i want to thank you both, you know, for making this journey so much more fun. >> yes, that's right. >> our families have bonded and this is just been a phenomenal four years. and i'm ready to do four more with both of you. >> four more. >> four more. >> four more. >> and most of all, i want to thank all of you here tonight for everything, everything that you've done to bring this inauguration to life. this weekend has been such a
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wonderful celebration for our people and for the future and we know that none of it could have happened without all of you and that's why it was so important for all of us to be here and to spend sometime with you. so this weekend, as we look ahead to the next four years, we should absolutely take some time to truly enjoy this next few days. right? i mean, the last one was kind of fast. so we've all agreed we are going to take some time to just breathe in and enjoy it. but let's also remember that this inauguration is about more than all of the events that we will all enjoy this weekend. it's about more than swearing in a president. it's about more than what we accomplish together over the next four years. it's also about the opportunities we have to make a real difference in people's lives. i mean, the truth is it --
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[ applause ] it's about our opportunity to continue to lift up our families, to help more of our children achieve their dreams and put our country on a solid foundation, not just for the next few years, but for generations to come. so tonight, let us rededicate ourselves to that work. let us keep building on the progress that we've made and let's keep working and fighting and pushing forward. >> forward. >> forward. >> forward. >> forward! to make the real changes that's happened and that's what this man, my husband, has been doing for these last four years. [ applause ] and let me tell you. it's just been a true thrill to watch this handsome, charming individual grow in to the man and the president that he is.
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we have seen him every single day. his integrity. his character. his sense of humor. his compassion. his courage. and no matter what the obstacles, we have seen him be so steady facing the challenges that lie ahead. and as always, held true to one unwavering belief and that is that we love this country and we can all work together to change it. so ladies and gentlemen, it is my distinct honor and pleasure to welcome the love of my life and our president for the next four years, barack obama. [ applause ] love you. >> hello, everybody! good evening.
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now, first of all, i love michelle obama. [ applause ] and to address the most significant event of this weekend, i love her bangs. she looks good. she always looks good. you know, as president, you make a lot of important decisions. probably the most important decision is who's going to be your partner during the course of your presidency. and, you know, there have been some decisions i got right. some maybe folks might question. but one decision i know was absolutely correct, absolutely spot on was my choice of vice
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president. i could not have a better partner than joe biden and joe biden couldn't have a better partner than dr. jill biden. we love these folks. give them a round of applause. [ applause ] now, some of you may have heard the story of andrew jackson's inaugural reception. party goers got so rowdy they broke several thousands dollars worth of white house china. so my first big thank you tonight is to the national building museum for hosting us. here. i also want to thank the source for their outstanding entertainment, the u.s. navy sea chanters. [ applause ] and a guy who is known to make pretty good music, mr. stevie wonder.